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Oxford Street: Men filmed spitting at Jewish people on bus Oxford Street: Images issued after men filmed spitting at Jews on bus
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Police want to speak to these three men over an incident officers are treating as a hate crime
Images have been released of three men police want to speak to about allegations anti-Semitic abuse was directed at Jewish passengers on a bus.
A group was filmed approaching the privately hired bus on Oxford Street in central London on Monday.
Footage shows men spitting at the bus and apparently abusing passengers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the video as "disturbing".
Det Insp Kevin Eade said police were treating the incident as a hate crime.
In the video, which was posted on social media, a man seems to make a Nazi salute and others wave their shoes - an insult in some countries.
Det Insp Eade said: "This was a deeply upsetting incident for a community group who were celebrating the Jewish festival, Hanukkah.
"There is no place in our city for hate crime. Everyone should be able to enjoy their lives without harassment and I urge anyone who can name the individuals pictured to contact police without delay."
Some racial slurs about Muslims can also be heard from inside the bus. The Met Police has said the incident will be looked at "in its entirety".
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People on the bus had been out celebrating the Jewish festival of HanukkahPeople on the bus had been out celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah
An alleged anti-Semitic incident involving passengers on a bus in central London is being treated as a hate crime, the Met Police has said.
It happened on Monday night in Oxford Street during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the force said.
Footage appears to show men spitting at and abusing people on the bus. Boris Johnson said the clip was "disturbing".
In the video, a man seems to make a Nazi salute and others wave their shoes - an insult in some countries.
No arrests have been made and police have appealed for information in the wake of the footage being posted on social media.
Some racial slurs about Muslims can also be heard from inside the bus, which had been hired by a group of Jewish people celebrating the eight-day festival. The Met said the incident would be looked at "in its entirety".
Tamara Cohen, who was on the bus, said she did not hear anyone saying anything provocative to the group of men gathered outside the vehicle.Tamara Cohen, who was on the bus, said she did not hear anyone saying anything provocative to the group of men gathered outside the vehicle.
She described the group initially "standing around watching and making fun" of those on the bus.She described the group initially "standing around watching and making fun" of those on the bus.
'Really intense''Really intense'
Ms Cohen added: "Then as it went on they started getting really aggressive, shouting and being abusive.Ms Cohen added: "Then as it went on they started getting really aggressive, shouting and being abusive.
"We wanted to leave but couldn't because of the traffic."We wanted to leave but couldn't because of the traffic.
"That's when they came up to the bus and started banging on the bus with their shoes, swearing and shouting at us and making gestures."That's when they came up to the bus and started banging on the bus with their shoes, swearing and shouting at us and making gestures.
"It was all really intense.""It was all really intense."
Jewish man abused twice in an hour on bus and TubeJewish man abused twice in an hour on bus and Tube
The Met Police said officers were deployed to investigate after the incident was reported on Monday. They met the bus in Grosvenor Place and spoke to the occupants.The Met Police said officers were deployed to investigate after the incident was reported on Monday. They met the bus in Grosvenor Place and spoke to the occupants.
A spokesman added: "The group shown in the video could not be located at the time of the incident and there have been no arrests. A spokesman added: "The group shown in the video could not be located at the time of the incident and there have been no arrests."
"The incident is being treated as a hate crime and officers will be assessing the available evidence to identify any possible lines of inquiry." However, Ms Cohen said she was disappointed by the police response.
However, Ms Cohen said she was disappointed in the police response.
She added: "They said they couldn't do anything at the time because there was no actual violence that happened. That's kind of ridiculous.She added: "They said they couldn't do anything at the time because there was no actual violence that happened. That's kind of ridiculous.
"I do feel like it was only after the video got more attention online that I started to see that the police started to take it more seriously."I do feel like it was only after the video got more attention online that I started to see that the police started to take it more seriously.
"That's pretty disappointing. They should have done something sooner.""That's pretty disappointing. They should have done something sooner."
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The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, called for swift arrests.The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, called for swift arrests.
She said: "We are appalled by the horrifying footage of Jewish people targeted on Oxford Street.She said: "We are appalled by the horrifying footage of Jewish people targeted on Oxford Street.
"We note that besides attempts to spit at them, at least one of the perpetrators appears to be performing a Nazi salute.""We note that besides attempts to spit at them, at least one of the perpetrators appears to be performing a Nazi salute."